ERA-Net Cofund scheme

What the ERA-NET instrument does 

ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 is a funding instrument designed to support public-public partnerships in their

  • preparation
  • establishment of networking structures
  • design and implementation
  • coordination of joint activities 

The instruments mainly 'tops-up' funding for single joint calls and transnational actions.

ERA-NET under Horizon 2020

The focus of ERA-NET has shifted from funding networks to 'topping-up' funding of single joint-calls for transnational research and innovation. This is done in selected areas with high European added-value and Horizon 2020 relevance.

ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 merges the former ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus into a single financial instrument with the central compulsory element of implementing one substantial call with top-up funding from the Commission.

This aims to increase substantially the share of funding that Member States dedicate jointly to challenge driven research and innovation agendas.

European Joint Programme Cofund (EJP Cofund)

EJP Cofund under Horizon 2020 is a co-fund action designed to support coordinated national research and innovation programmes. The EJP Cofund aims at attracting and pooling a critical mass of national resources on objectives and challenges of Horizon 2020 and at achieving significant economies of scales by adding related Horizon 2020 resources to a joint effort.

Current EJP Cofund actions:

  • EUROfusion - Implementation of activities described in the Roadmap to Fusion during Horizon 2020 through a Joint programme of the members of the EUROfusion consortium
  • CONCERT - European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research
  • HBM4EU - European Human Biomonitoring Initiative
  • One Health EJP - Promoting One Health in Europe through joint actions on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging microbiological hazards
  • Rare Disease European Joint Programme Cofund
  • Soil (under preparation)

More information about EJP Cofunds

Related publications and links

FAQ for the ERA-NET Cofund

Publication: Analysis of ERA-NET Cofund actions under Horizon 2020 

Publication: The ERA-NET scheme from FP6 to Horizon 2020 -- Report on ERA-NETs, their calls and the experiences from the first calls under Horizon 2020 

General Annexes to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme (includes description of ERA-NET Cofund and specific eligibility conditions and evaluation criteria)

Model Grant Agreement: Horizon 2020 ERA NET Cofund A dedicated Model Grant Agreement has been designed for ERA-NET Cofund. It includes specific Annexes for the financial forms, a form for the commitment on availability of funds and model for the statement on the use of the previous pre-financing instalment.

Annotated Model Grant Agreement - Horizon 2020 ERA-Net Cofund

Background & practical information from ERA-LEARN 2020 for ERA-NET Cofund